Gender Trouble : Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-05-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Since its publication in 1990,Gender Troublehas become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture. This is the text where Judith Butler began to advance the ideas that would go on to take life as "performativity theory," as well as some of the first articulations of the possibility for subversive gender practices, and she writes in her preface to the 10th anniversary edition released in 1999 that one point ofGender Troublewas "not to prescribe a new gendered way of life [...] but to open up the field of possibility for gender [...]" Widely taught, and widely debated,Gender Troublecontinues to offer a powerful critique of heteronormativity and of the function of gender in the modern world.

Table of Contents

PREFACE (1999) vii
PREFACE (1990) xxix
1 Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire 1(46)
I "Women" as the subject of feminism
II The compulsory order of sex/gender/desire
III Gender: the circular ruins of contemporary debate
IV Theorizing the binary, the unitary, and beyond
V Identity, sex, and the metaphysics of substance
VI Language, power, and the strategies of displacement
2 Prohibition, Psychoanalysis, and the Production of the Heterosexual Matrix 47(60)
I Structuralism's critical exchange
II Lacan, Riviere, and the strategies of masquerade
III Freud and the melancholia of gender
IV Gender complexity and the limits of identification
V Reformulating prohibition as power
3 Subversive Bodily Acts 107(87)
I The body politics of Julia Kristeva
II Foucault, Herculine, and the politics of sexual discontinuity
III Monique Wittig: bodily disintegration and fictive sex
IV Bodily inscriptions, performative subversions
Conclusion: From Parody to Politics 194(11)
NOTES 205(24)

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